NBA: Warriors installed as finals favorite over Bucks-Raptors winner

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Posted at May 22 2019 12:20 PM

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) after Green scored a three-point basket in overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Golden State clinched a spot in a fifth consecutive NBA Finals and sportsbooks installed the Warriors as the favorites against an opponent to be determined from the Eastern Conference.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 120-102, Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series will be played Thursday in Milwaukee.

Bookmakers give the finals edge to the Warriors, who are -180 against the Bucks, according to Sports Book USA.

Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers with an overtime series capper Monday night, with Steph Curry delivering a triple-double in his fifth consecutive 30-point effort. The Warriors played the entire series without ailing forward Kevin Durant, who will have plenty of time to rest his injured calf.

A Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals would be played May 27, giving Golden State seven full days off while that series plays out.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be played May 30.

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